Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Job Opening - Student Assistant for Jazz Collections - Conservatory Library

Student Assistant for Jazz Collections

START DATE: winter term or spring semester
HOURS: minimum of 6 hours/week. More can be assigned.
PAY RATE: $7.70/hour

  • Assist with inventorying and digitizing the recently-arrived Neumann jazz collection (ca. 40,000 LPs, ca. 5,000 78s, and hundreds of jazz and blues periodicals).
  • Special projects as needed.

  • Willingness to ask questions, to continue learning and growing with the job, and to accept increasing responsibility.
  • Reliability and punctuality.
  • Favorable references.
  • Ability to handle meticulous and detailed work independently and with accuracy. A short proofreading test will be given at time of interview.
  • Knowledge of jazz and/or recording technologies desirable.
  • Familiarity with word processing, data entry, and spreadsheet development desirable.

Applications are available at the Conservatory Library Circulation Desk.
Leave completed applications (attn. Jeremy Smith) in the box marked “Completed Applications.”

Questions? Contact Jeremy Smith: ~ 775-5181

Oberlin College Library actively seeks a diverse student staff.
Oberlin College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Mysteriously Lost Sibelius Symphony Emerges

In a new video featuring the Helsinki Philharmonic, sketches of what are believed to be Jean Sibelius's mysteriously unfinished Eighth Symphony are heard for the first time in history.

Sibelius scholars may never get their answer to the question: "What happened to the Eighth Symphony?" Left unfinished, the manuscripts were assumed to have burned in an infamous fire at the composer’s home. But hundreds of pages of sketches by Sibelius exist in the Finnish National Library, including a significant amount from the time period when Sibelius was known to be working on his illusive Eighth.  Read More

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Boston Symphony Announces 75th Anniversary Season at Tanglewood

One of the most storied concerts in the history of the Tanglewood Festival took place on Aug. 12, 1937, when a violent thunderstorm broke out at the beginning of an all-Wagner program by the Boston Symphony. As rain poured on the enormous canvas tent under which the musicians played, even the Ride of the Valkyries couldn’t compete, and the concert was stopped several times. By the end, the tent was in tatters, audiences were soaked and the orchestra resolved to build a permanent shed, which stands to this day.

On July 21, 75 years later, the BSO will reproduce the program during the latest edition of the Tanglewood Music Festival -- though “hopefully without the storm,” said Mark Volpe, the orchestra’s managing director in an interview. The concert will be one of many special events planned for the 75th anniversary season, which runs from June 22 to Sept. 2 in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts.  Read More

Broadway's Porgy and Bess Drops New Happy Ending

The forthcoming Broadway production of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess has dropped plans for a new happy ending, following public criticism from composer Stephen Sondheim.

In August, the creative team behind the show described making significant changes to the 1935 opera in the hope of reframing it for a contemporary Broadway audience. That included punching up some dialogue, inventing new biographical details and adding a final scene that indicated that sought to lessen the ambiguity about whether Porgy and Bess would be reunited.  Read more

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Red flag: Louisville Orchestra looking for nonunion players

The embattled Louisville Orchestra, which has filed for bankruptcy and canceled its entire season through December, is seeking replacements for its union musicians. Despite mediation, the management and musicians failed to come to an agreement by the Oct. 31 deadline. Management was asking to reduce the size of the orchestra from 71 to 50 players, and for other concessions.  More

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Beethoven Workout Mix

In celebration of the  New York City Marathon and WQXR's Beethoven Awareness Month, they created a mixtape to get you over the finish line - or just through your daily workout.  Listen here.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

German Minister Combats Road Rage with Mozart

Germany's transport minister is sharing one of his own stress-reducers - the slow movements of Mozart's piano concertos - with drivers in hopes the soothing music will help reduce road rage on the nation's autobahn freeways.

A new CD called "Adagio in the Automobile" features Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer playing part of Mozart's Piano Concerto Nr. 21 accompanied by the orchestra of Berlin's Deutsche Oper.  More

For Top Salaries in Classical Music, Head to Los Angeles

In the worst case scenario, a poorly-managed orchestra cuts musicians' pay to compensate for budgetary shortfalls. In the best case scenario, you are the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Newly available tax returns reveal the generous compensation the Los Angeles Philharmonic awards its top artistic and chief executives: Gustavo Dudamel and Deborah Borda, respectively. The numbers were reported by the Los Angeles TimesMore

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Mozart May Improve Detection During Colonoscopies

If you're headed for colon surgery, take your iPod.

Doctors who listen to Mozart while performing colonoscopy may increase their detection rates of precancerous polyps, a small study has found.

The study included only two doctors, but for one, listening to Mozart more than tripled the polyp detection rate from 21.25 percent to 66.7 percent, researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston reported today at the American College of Gastroenterology’s annual meeting.  More

Stafford Hartman ('10) Memphis Opera Singer Performs After Being Shot

Stafford Hartman, a soprano and artist in residence at Memphis Opera, performed from a wheelchair during Saturday night's performance of Tosca at the company. Three days earlier she was shot in her right knee and a bullet grazed her left ear as she was robbed outside her home in Memphis's Cooper-Young neighborhood.

The robbery took place Wednesday night at 10 pm she was returning from a rehearsal of Tosca, in which she has an off-stage role as the voice of a shepherd boy.  More

Tokyo String Quartet to Lose Remaining Japanese Members

The two remaining Japanese members of the Tokyo String Quartet – including its founding violist – will retire in June 2013, the ensemble announced today. The violist, Kazuhide Isomura, 65, co-founded the quartet in 1969. Second violinist Kikuei Ikeda is also retiring, after more than 25 years.  More